​July 18, 2017

Golfers Raise $75,000 for Saint Francis Center 

Megan Herrera​, CHFA

Andrew Spinks, St. Francis Center

Golfcheck-2017.jpg(DENVER) – Colorado Housing and Finance Authority’s (CHFA) David W. Herlinger Golf Tournament raised $75,000 for Saint Francis Center on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. St. Francis Center is a multi-service organization for people experiencing homelessness in the metro Denver area, providing shelter and services that enable people to meet their basic needs for daily survival and transition out of homelessness.

“With the shortage of affordable housing in Denver, financial support from CHFA’s golf tournament will help fund all the necessary interventions for individuals experiencing homelessness, who are waiting for a place to call home,” said Tom Luehrs, executive director of Saint Francis Center.

This is the 14th year CHFA has held a golf tournament with proceeds benefiting a local nonprofit whose work coincides with CHFA’s mission of affordable housing and economic development.

“Homelessness exists throughout Colorado and organizations like Saint Francis Center give these struggling individuals and families hope. Saint Francis Center not only helps with immediate needs such as shelter, clothes, and medical care; it helps break the cycle of homelessness by promoting self-sufficiency through its social services, employment, and housing programs. CHFA is pleased to support the work of Saint Francis Center through our David W. Herlinger Golf Tournament this year,” said Cris White, CHFA executive director and CEO.

The 2017 tournament was held at The Fossil Trace Golf Course in Golden, Colorado. The event is named in memory of CHFA’s former Executive Director David W. Herlinger, who passed away in 2012. It serves as a reminder of his passion for the game of golf, and for helping local nonprofit organizations whose work supports affordable housing in Colorado.

Past beneficiaries of CHFA’s golf tournament include:

2004: Colorado Coalition for the Homeless; 
2005: Food Bank of the Rockies;
2006: Senior Housing Options;
2007: Urban Peak and Energy Outreach Colorado;
2008: Warren Village; 
2009: Porter-Billups Leadership Academy; 
2010: The Gathering Place;
2011: Rebuilding Together Metro Denver and Rebuilding Together Colorado Springs;
2012: HomeAid Colorado;
2013: Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver; and
2014: Habitat for Humanity of Colorado
2015: Mercy Housing Colorado
2016: Volunteers of America Colorado Branch

Pictured above from left: CHFA Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Director, Jaime Gomez, and Saint Fancis Center Executive Director, Tom Luehrs

About CHFA
CHFA strengthens Colorado by investing in affordable housing and community development. Created in 1973 by the Colorado General Assembly, CHFA invests in loans to low- and moderate- income homebuyers through our network of participating lenders, and makes loans to affordable multifamily rental housing developers and small and medium sized businesses. CHFA also provides education and technical assistance about affordable housing and economic development. CHFA is a self-sustaining public enterprise. CHFA issued debt is not the obligation of the state. For more information about CHFA please visit www.chfainfo.com, call its Denver office at 1.800.877.chfa (2432), or its Western Slope office at 1.800.877.8450.

About St. Francis Center
St. Francis Center is a nonprofit institution with roots in the Episcopal Church. It has been a place of refuge for people experiencing homelessness in Metro Denver for more than 33 years, offering a wide array of programs to guide individuals transitioning from homelessness to stability. As a multi-service organization, St. Francis Center focuses their efforts in four key areas: day shelter to meet immediate, basic needs; permanent, supportive housing and case management; employment services offering specialized career training to ex-offenders; and outreach to those living on the streets. Visit www.sfcdenver.org for more information.